Issue 11-25 | December 12, 2022
Spotlight On: Community Advocates RFP for Strategic Planning Facilitation
The RISE Drug Free MKE coalition, organized by Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, is seeking proposals from qualified consulting firms to facilitate the development of a comprehensive three-year strategic plan for the coalition. This strategic plan will outline goals and objectives that will guide priorities based on considerable research, and extensive input from coalition members, community members, and other key stakeholders.

RISE Drug Free MKE is seeking an organization with 5-10 years of strategic planning experience that is familiar with CADCA’s Strategic Prevention Framework as well as SAMHSA’s six Center for Substance Abuse Prevention strategies. The goal is for this strategic plan to be developed and available for implementation by June 2023. The strategic plan is of great importance because the coalition has recently undergone a rebranding process and needs guidance on how to do effective drug (mis)use prevention work that takes into account the relationship between drug (mis)use and mental wellness, as well as life in a post-pandemic environment. The substance (mis)use playing field has changed significantly, so as preventionists, we must rise to meet the occasion. 

Submission Deadline / Response Time
All submissions must be submitted no later than 5pm CST on Friday, December 16, 2022. 
Selected Applicant with receive their Notice of Award by Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022.

Requests for Information  
Questions related to this RFP should be submitted to the RISE Drug Free MKE Coordinator, Ismael Luna:, no later than Tuesday, December 13, 2022. Please specify “RFP for Strategic Planning Facilitation” in the subject line. 

Submission Details / Contact information
Interested organizations should submit complete proposals to Ismael Luna:, cc’ing Gloria Marfo:, no later than 5pm CST on Friday, December 16, 2022.
Overdose Prevention Supplies May Become Available in Milwaukee County Vending Machines
Vending machines stocked with no-cost Narcan, fentanyl testing strips, drug deactivation pouches, medication lock bags, and other overdose-prevention supplies might become available in Milwaukee County next year. Twenty vending machines have already been purchased thanks to State Opioid Response 2 (SOR 2) funding, and Milwaukee County BHD is developing a plan for distributing them around the county. Get more of the story from Wisconsin Examiner
December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
This December, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is spotlighting the "Talk. They Hear You." Underage Drinking Campaign in observance of National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. According to the White House, “Over 10,000 American lives are lost to drunk and drug-impaired driving each year, accounting for nearly a third of all traffic deaths. In 2019, some 11 percent of Americans drove under the influence, including a staggering 19.6 percent of people aged 21-25 — and that number has only grown since the COVID-19 pandemic began.”
You can learn more about alcohol misuse and impaired driving prevention efforts by downloading SAMHSA's Impaired Driving Prevention Factsheet, and you can find information about the goals of "Talk. They Hear You." and many resources by visiting the campaign webpage
Motivational Interviewing and SBIRT Training in 2023
Build your Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) skills in 2023. The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering multi-session series throughout the year. Attend all sessions and you'll earn NAADAC Continuing Education hours. (Be sure to make note of pre-requisites for each level of training.) Join colleagues from across the region in learning to apply this evidence-based practice with fidelity. View the complete 2023 Motivational Interviewing calendar and website for details.
Holiday Suicide Prevention PSA
Zak Williams, mental health advocate and the son of the late Robin Williams, has recorded a holiday PSA promoting 988. The PSA is available for you to share on your websites, social media and email newsletters from the SAMHSA YouTube channel.
Suicide Prevention Training for Schools and Youth Services
Applications Due December 23
The Great Lakes MHTTC is partnering with with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and SafeSide Prevention to provide you with access to the Suicide Prevention Training for Schools and Youth Services.  

SafeSide Youth Services unites clinical, school, and community staff with a common language and framework. This program, based in the latest research, will equip you with a common ‘map’ of best practices in recovery-oriented suicide prevention. Although roles and responsibilities are different, everyone gains an understanding of the four core tasks of suicide prevention: Connect – Assess – Respond – Extend.  

Training cohorts work together through 4 hours of video-guided learning in 90-minute segments. All participants take away tactics, tips, and wording they can use immediately...then continue learning and skill development through optional monthly video calls and new updates and refreshers added throughout the year.

MHA-WI Alternatives to Suicide Support Group
Alternatives to Suicide is a peer-led support group that allows participants to talk about suicidal thoughts, feelings, or experiences without fear of being judged. Participants share their struggles and successes, provide support for one another, and strategize about alternatives to help each other best cope with difficult life circumstances. People are encouraged to come in both times of strength and challenge; you need not be in crisis to attend this group. MHA-WI is providing virtual (for now) Alternatives to Suicide support groups. The group will meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., online via Zoom. These groups are free to attend and welcome to any adults 18 years or older. Click here for details.
Webinars & Events
Father’s Legal Rights Night
Tuesday, December 13
Are you a dad feeling squeezed by child support payments, driver’s license issues, or other legal matters? Join Employ Milwaukee and partners for this discussion about dads’ legal rights and responsibilities. This event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on December 13 at Employ Milwaukee, 2342 N. 27th St., Milwaukee. 
Transition-Aged Youth: What Are Providers Forgetting? With PATCH (Providers and Teens Connecting for Health
Wednesday, December 14
Learn about the ways youth transition from pediatric to adult based health care and explore your role as a practitioner to support and actively engage youth in the process. Wisconsin PATCH (Providers and Teens Connecting for Health) is a collaboration of youth and adults that believe programs and policies for youth should include youth. They encourage young people to raise their voices to create positive change, and have programs and resources to EDUCATE, ENGAGE, and EMPOWER others to do the same. This webinar from the Great Lakes MHTTC will be held from 12:30 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14. Get details and register here.
Substance Use Disorders
Friday, December 16
Understanding what drives someone to continue using substances will help address barriers to seeking help and successfully complete treatment. This class uncovers the nature of addiction and why treatment can be so difficult. The American Society of Addiction Medicine continuum is used as a framework for understanding how addiction professionals assess the person’s motivation to change, their situation, and their options for treatment. This webinar, from the Great Lakes MHTTC, will be held from 8:45 to 11 a.m. on December 16. Click here for details and to register.
Virtual QPR Question, Persuade, Refer Training
Wednesday, December 28
Community Advocates is offering QPR Question, Persuade, Refer Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper workshops to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical, and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.

Community Advocates will offer this introductory session on December 28, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. To register, click on our online calendar.
Adolescents and their Social Media Narratives:
A Digital Coming of Age
Wednesday, January 18
In Adolescents and their Social Media Narratives, Dr. Jill Walsh specifically explores how social media impacts teenagers’ personal development. Through unique empirical data, Walsh presents an aspect of teen media use that is not often documented in the press – the process of evaluating the self visually in an attempt to reconcile their presentation with their internal “self-story.” Refreshments will be provided and books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Boswell Books. This event will be held at 7 p.m. on January 18 at University School of Milwaukee, 2100 W. Fairy Chasm Road, Milwaukee. Get details and RSVP here.
Updated Mental Health & Wellness Resource Guide
Community Advocates has updated its Milwaukee County Mental Health & Wellness Resource Guide. You can download it here.
Recovery Support Groups
Support groups can be an important facet of an individual’s recovery process. Groups can be centered on families, exclusively created for the individual in recovery, and/or facilitated by peers. Find them here.
#BeThere to Prevent Suicide
We can all #BeThere to prevent suicide by taking actions that can promote healing and help, and give hope. Many people find it difficult to talk about suicide, and especially difficult to know how to talk to someone that is having thoughts of suicide. But there are clear actions that we can take. We can all learn the five steps for how to talk to someone who might be suicidal. Contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline if you are experiencing mental health-related distress or are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

Connect with a trained crisis counselor. 988 is confidential, free, and available 24/7/365.
Visit the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline for more information at
Recursos en español
El alcohol y la depresión: El camino de Jorge hacia una vida mejor 
El alcohol y la depresión: El camino de Jorge hacia una vida mejor (Alcohol and Depression: Jorge’s Journey to a Better Life). Equipa a los lectores con información acerca del alcohol y la depresión en un formato de fotonovela culturalmente competente. Reduce el estigma relacionado con los trastornos concurrentes y enfatiza la importancia de buscar ayuda tanto para el trastorno mental como para el abuso de sustancias.
Hable. Ellos escuchan
Hable. Ellos escuchan es la campaña nacional patrocinada por SAMHSA para la prevención del consumo de alcohol entre menores de edad ayuda a los padres y a los cuidadores para que puedan empezar la conversación con sus hijos acerca de los peligros del alcohol.
Family Resources
Small Talks: How WI Prevents Underage Drinking
Small Talks is how Wisconsin prevents underage drinking. Learn how these parents worked through their stage fright and started having short, frequent, casual conversations with their kids about alcohol.  Learn more about Small Talks at this link.
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